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Hi I'm Wesley White

I'm a retired Air Force pilot, exercise lover, history fanatic, happily married, father of 7, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I really didn't have a choice whether I served my country during the Vietnam War, just how. When I qualified to be an Air Force pilot, I was excited to do so. I made it through pilot training with Divine assistance, and I soon came to love my C-130 transport aircraft. I got to fly many varieties of the versatile C-130, even a one-of-a-kind, and I was privilege to be part of the flight test the stealth aircraft concept. I grew up an Idaho farm boy, but aviation in the Air Force let me see much of the world. I married my childhood sweetheart and we had seven children. With a large family came many challenges: one son died in a auto-pedestrian accident, one daughter is mentally handicapped, another son suffers from chronic fatique, and another son has cancer. Our goal is not to just endure it, but to endure it well, and to have joy in our family. These circumstances give us a little extra opportunity to be of service to them.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Momon Church, but I saw pretty early that it was the best way to live. There have been times that it wasn't the easiest way to live, but always the best.

How I live my faith

I have found that living my Mormon faith is often a sacrifice in the short term, and a great blessing in the long term. Young men in the Mormon Church are encouraged to give 2 years of their life in missionary service to the Church, wherever the Church assigns them. When I turned 19 - the eligible age to serve - I had lots of other good things going. I was in love with my girl friend. I had been accepted into the Merchant Marine Academy. I had a scholarship to play college football. But, I knew I also had an obligation to serve God. I hoped to be assigned to an exotic foreign country, but I had no interest in learning another language. I was called to serve in the United States, and to learn Spanish! I was also assigned to serve 27 months - not the usual 2 years - which gave competitors an extra 3 months to win over my girl friend while I was gone: short-term sacrifice. People I met where I served as a missionary are still great friends, learning the Spanish language has really blessed my life, I still married my high school sweetheart, I eceived a better scholarship to play college football with, and being the captain of a large aircraft was a better career choice for me than being the captain of a ship. Being a Mormon has been challenging - and it has been just the challenge I needed. There have been many years where the Church has required nearly as much time as my employment. I have served 7 total years away from most of my family as a missionary. With most of my life now behind me, I recognize that trying to do what the Lord would have me do has provided a much richer life than I could have ever chosen for myself. I have had richer experiences, and I know God better from serving Him. I love my family. With it have come my greatest joys and deepest pains. It is through the authority that resides only in the "Mormon" Church that I can enjoy my family relationship eternally, and that's really everything.